Andrew Ng Leaves Baidu’s AI Group to Launch New Startup

AI visionary Andrew Ng — co-creator of the Google Brain research project, former chief scientist at Chinese web giant Baidu, and co-founder of online education platform Coursera — has launched a new AI company called deeplearning.ai. While details are scarce at this point, Ng recently promised “more announcements soon” via tweet. The company’s website simply features the tagline “Explore the frontier of AI,” followed by #deeplearniNgAI and “August 2017,” suggesting more information is coming later this summer.

According to Neowin, the site’s source code includes keywords such as artificial intelligence, deep learning and machine learning.

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“Deep learning is a type of AI that involves training large artificial neural networks on a pool of information, then getting them to make inferences about new data,” explains VentureBeat.

Ng most recently ran Baidu’s Artificial Intelligence Group, turning the company “into one of only a handful of companies in the world with expertise in each of the major AI categories: speech, natural language processing, computer vision, machine learning, and knowledge graph,” reports Digital Trends. “Ng’s team was also responsible for bringing two new business groups into the company — autonomous driving and the DuerOS Conversational Computing platform.”